June is National Men's Health Month! One of the main differences between men and women is that men have higher levels of testosterone in their bodies than women do. But in either sex, if testosterone levels become imbalanced, adverse symptoms can occur. Testosterone levels are declining. The most likely explanation is obesity and metabolic syndrome. Every male should have his testosterone levels tested in his twenties. That way he can know what this compares to when he is older. Without this knowledge (knowing his standard) treatment becomes a lot less precise. Low testosterone in men can include: • erectile dysfunction, or problems developing or maintaining an erection • decreased libido or sexual activity • infertility • rapid hair loss • reduced muscle mass • increased body fat • enlarged breasts • sleep disturbances • persistent fatigue I always check my patient's testosterone levels and adjust their diet and workout recommendations accordingly. In addition, a lot of older men believe they can’t gain muscle, but this is not true! Just because you are older doesn’t mean your body won’t respond to weight training. A few more notes on testosterone:
Supplementing with a modest amount of vitamin D raised men's testosterone levels by about 25%.
High Polyunsaturated Fat consumption decreases serum testosterone in 30-year-old men. Testosterone returned to normal when subjects stopped consuming the vegetable seed oils.
Statins decrease testosterone levels in both men and women.
Also, testosterone is very important for women! Testosterone is clearly correlated in both men and women with psychological dominance, confident physicality, and high self-esteem. Some of the symptoms associated with low testosterone in women include:
affected sexual desire
affected sexual satisfaction
For both men and women, testosterone is a crucial sex hormone for our bodies to thrive! We can check your testosterone level at the clinic, and make effective recommendations based on the results. We also covered other top men's health concerns on our podcast. It’s time to be proactive with your health!
Your Partner in Health, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy